Known as the ‘City of Gold’, Dubai has impressed tourists from all over the world with its varied attractions and stupendous growth in technology, businesses and infrastructure. There are beautiful beaches, landscape views, towering skyscrapers, and many luxury hotels in Dubai. The constant influx of expats for a thriving career in the city every year is one of the major reasons for its growth. In addition, the city is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.
Although the majority of Dubai’s population consists of expatriates, however the city still boasts of a diverse, booming local scene. When it comes to travelling and exploring the many wonders of Dubai, the best way to do so is to delve into the city’s essence by tapping into its local scene and experiencing it, just like a resident of the city.
Here are some simple ways that you can enjoy all that Dubai has to offer, just like locals:
1. Shop at local markets
Dubai city is known for plenty of world-class, enormous malls. But when it comes to shopping, visiting the city’s local markets, also known as souks, is highly recommended. You can find souks for almost everything that you wish to shop for, such as the gold souk, textile souk, perfume souk, spice souk, and so on. Moreover, you can also shop for a variety of things, including vintage goods, apparel and jewelry, at places like The Courtyard, the Dubai Design District D3, Bambah, and Garderobe.
2. Enjoy traditional, Emirati cuisine
With a wide range of restaurants, offering a variety of cuisines, including European, Chinese, and Lebanese, one can never run out of mouth-watering food options in Dubai. But, to get a real taste of the city, enjoy scrumptious Emirati cuisine like Al Harees, Al Machboos, Hummus, Lamb Thereed, and Kibbeh al Bezar , Al Waha business bay restaurant.
3. Opt for public transportation
Dubai is known for one of the best public transportation systems in the world. Instead of booking a cab online, opt for the Dubai Metro and travel the entire city with utmost comfort. Buses and local taxis are also quite cheap and frequent.
4. Take an Abra ride
A Dubai trip without experiencing an Abra ride is incomplete. Abras are heritage, wooden boats that border the Dubai Creek’s banks, often used by locals for a trip from Deira to Bur Dubai. Taking an abra is highly recommended, as abras are a way of delving into the culture.
5. Visit historically significant places
One of the ideal ways to take in the city like locals do, is to visit its historically significant places. Dubai has a few museums and forts that are of utmost significance and must be visited by anyone who wants to understand the city’s history and its rise, such as the renowned Dubai Museum, the Bastakiya Quarters, and the Sheikh Sareed Al Maktoum’s House.
6. Explore the culture
In order to embrace the city’s local scene, having cultural understanding is paramount. For any tourist who wants to delve into Dubai’s culture, Sheikh Mohammed Centre is their go-to place. Apparently, you’d have to schedule your meeting in advance, which would include profound conversations about the city’s historical significance and the Islamic culture.
7. Explore the entertainment scene
With expats from all parts of the world as the majority of its population, many have been a part of the entertainment scene in Dubai and have a great understanding of the city’s culture. So, enjoy this entertainment hub by visiting places that host a variety of fun activities like comedy nights and Karaoke nights, e.g. The Courtyard Playhouse and AlSerkal Avenue, the other office karaoke at Gulfcourt business bay hotel in Dubai.
8. Connect with the locals
Locals take immense pride in everything that the city offers, so connect with them and view the city from their perspective. However, ensure that you do not intrude their privacy by being a little considerate and politely asking them if they’re interested in having a conversation with you, before you begin to interact with them.
Other than plenty of hotels with private pool and luxurious, massive malls, the city has a variety of experiences to offer when it comes to its local scene. So, apart from focusing on its urban, chic side, explore and embrace the traditional yet beautiful facets of Dubai in all possible ways, and experience Dubai to the fullest.